|Quoting SYDSpotter (Reply 101):|
If you had properly read the lead up to the post, you would read that QF is operating the flight because it has an A330 sitting in PER doing nothing on the weekends. The question was therefore, would QF operate the service if it had to slot the PER-AKL service into the A330 rotations if the A330 in question didn't have 2 full spare days sitting idle (i.e. if QF had a higher utilisation of the A330 fleet).
I fully understood the lead-up to the post and I stand by my answer! Perhaps a more appropriate answer that would elicit a more insightful discussion would be whether QF
would add more capacity in order to run the PER
flight if it didn't have an aircraft available. Or whether it would drop other sectors in the 330's schedule in order to run a PER
flight in preference if it didn't already have the aircraft available. Or, indeed, the question that you now pose above.
Wasn't meaning to be offensive at all - just felt that it was the wrong question!
|Quoting mariner (Reply 99):|
This was partly the rationale for Emirates trans-Tasman services, which don't get high load factors, but which Emirates claims are profitable
Saw an article the other day which suggested that Emirates' load factor on the Tasman were around 75%. That's not as bad as I suspected - and certainly higher than anecdotal stories I've heard. So I looked up the BITRE stats for December and found that EK
had higher December load factors on the Tasman than NZ
or VA - above 93% outbound and 80% inbound. This includes pax transiting Australia, en route to of from NZ
from elsewhere, according to the notes to the table. For June the stats are more what I was expecting - around 56% outbound, 55% inbound. The surprise for me was that for the same month QF
's loads on the Tasman were 63% outbound and 59% inbound - only a few percent more than EK
. Makes me wonder whether QF
wouldn't be better matching capacity closer to seasonal demand on the Tasman, as NZ
does, rather than operating pretty much the same level of service year-round. Surely on the industry's typically narrow margins they must lose a lot of money on the Tasman in winter.
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